Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Almost NINE months!

I had a sudden urge to blog. I know, this is an unusual urge for me to have. But I'm really missing my friends from Abilene, and I know some of you read this. (Shout out to Kara in Virginia! I miss you!)

William is figuring out things fast! He started crawling right before Christmas and in the last week he's started pulling up, feeding himself and he's down to two naps a day. What a big boy! It's funny that I feel so proud and moved when I watch him pick up a square piece of Chex cereal and bite off a corner. I also love it every time he helps me turn a page in a book we're reading. I'm so happy when he splashes and laughs in the tub. And I'm even a little proud that he's figured out how to pull his hats off so quickly.

His other recent accomplishments include:
learning how to open the CD player in his room and take out the CD,
pulling up on everything (chairs, window sills, a wall),
pulling books and DVDs off the shelves,
drinking from a cup if someone helps him,
pushing his arms into his sleeves when I'm dressing him,
giving hugs and open-mouth kisses (mostly to himself in the mirror)

One time he was chewing on the drawstring on Curtis's sweatshirt and he held it up to Curtis's mouth so he could "take a turn" then took the drawstring and pointed it in my direction. That's the only time we've seen him wanting to share so far. :-)

Of course he's very handsome. He's getting a little hair on his head. And he's tending to get more bumps and scratches also. He's wearing 12-18 month clothes and pajamas, and weighs 20+ pounds.

At the zoo (so happy to have a membership!!) the fish are his favorite. Maybe because I let him out of his stroller and he get to crawl around. He also likes to look outside, watch cars drive by, and "work" on the computer.

Three or four weeks ago I started a business as a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant! (I know, "What is that??") Tastefully Simple makes gourmet food products that only require one or two ingredients. It's good stuff, fairly affordable - the average price is $7 - and yummy. So, my job includes booking taste-testing parties, passing around 18 or so samples at the party, then ordering clients products. So far, so good! I'm SO happy to have something to work on besides diapers, dishes and dirty laundry! I'm also VERY glad to have more opportunities to spend time with adults. But really, the extra income is the reason I got into it. Check it out at TastefullySimple.com and let me know what you think! If you're in driving distance I'd love to do a party with you, or if you think you'd like some of products, I can also help you with that. Right now my favorite things are the Bountiful Beer Bread, Corn Black Bean Salsa, and the Key Lime Cheeseball Mix!

This weekend I'm going to a conference in Dallas to check out the new Spring/Summer products and meet other consultants from the Southwest Region. I'm excited about wearing work clothes, being in a meeting, and learning some new stuff! Mom is going to be staying at the hotel with me and keeping William entertained. Here's one of my recent favorite quotes from Mom, "William, do you like watching the cars? Do you wish you could drive one? You can drive my car!" Silly Grandmas.

Also have to mention the awesome gift Curtis gave me this Christmas. It's a drawing by our good friend, Katrina Willis, and it's wonderful! It's a "family tree" theme, and it shows Curtis and I starting our family with William. I LOVE IT! And I'm so happy that Curtis and Katrina brought this drawing into existence and I get to keep it in my house! Also, props to Hannah for taking the pictures that Katrina used to do the drawing!


The Driskells said...

Thanks for the shout out! That made my day, and I miss you guys too.

I love Tastefully Simple. Can I order cross country from you?

Your little man is getting so big. The big birthday will be here before you know it!

: ) Kara

Lenny D said...

So I'm reading this wonderful description of your little man when all of the sudden - boom! - it turns into a commercial for some fufu girly stuff. And to make matters worse I look at the comments and MY WIFE wants to order stuff. Awesome!
But, seriously, I'm so happy for your guys. I got Kara a drawing from Katrina and she loves it. Love you guys.


The Driskells said...

Don't listen to him. He loves to eat, I love to cook, and I do the budget. So I can order from you!

: ) Kara

brenda said...

Hey! You posted something :-) William is super fun and super cute. I'm looking forward to hanging out with him and you this weekend. Maybe I'll let him drive my car.....just kidding, Grandmas can say stuff like that :-)

Amy Simpson said...

Lauren! Your Abilene friends miss you, too. I'm glad to hear you're finding such joy in motherhood, but also happy that you've got an opportunity to do some adult things -- I'll definitely check out the Tastefully Simple web-site! AND, I promise to call you soon. ;)

Amy Simpson said...

p.s that picture of William is REALLY cute!